Homo habilis

Homo habilis

[hoh-moh hab-uh-luhs]
noun
1.
an extinct species of upright East African hominid having some advanced humanlike characteristics, dated as being from about 1.5 million to more than 2 million years old and proposed as an early form of Homo leading to modern humans. See illus. under hominid.
2.
a fossil belonging to this species.

Origin:
1965–70; < Neo-Latin: adaptable man

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Homo habilis (ˈhæbɪlɪs)
 
n
an extinct species of primitive man, the first to use stone tools
 
[New Latin, from Latin homo man + habilis able to handle, skilled]

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Homo habilis   (hāb'ə-ləs)  Pronunciation Key 
An extinct species of early humans, known from fossils found in eastern Africa and often considered to be the first member of the genus Homo. It is associated with stone tools of the Oldowan culture. Homo habilis existed between about 2.5 and 1.6 million years ago and overlapped with late australopithecines and other hominids whose relationship to each other and to the later Homo erectus are uncertain.
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